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The Guizhou WZ-7 'Xianglong' is the Chinese air force's most capable unmanned reconnaissance asset, and is being used for strategic surveillance of potential territorial hotspots.

Bigger, Further, Better

Where China is growing its unmanned aerial vehicle fleet, nations across Asia Pacific are finding budgets too for these more strategic assets. Military forces are...
Dassault-Rafale

Indonesia inches closer to potential Rafale acquisition, reiterates interest in F-15EX

The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has advanced plans to acquire up to 36 French-made Dassault Aviation Rafale multirole combat aircrafts, defence minister Prabowo...

Indonesia readies to restart IF-X work with KAI

Engineers from Indonesian aerospace firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) are set to re-join Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI’s) KF-21 Boramae multirole combat programme this month...
Indian Air Force

More Bang for Your Buck

Most Asian nations that operate fleets of legacy fighter aircraft continue to procure upgrade packages to increase capability and the extend service life of...
Dassault Rafale -- Dassault Aviation

Indonesia eyes French, US-made aircraft for air force recapitalisation

Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed another ambitious list of proposed acquisitions for the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) over the next four years. Defence...
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COVID adds to Malaysian Defence Funding Problems

Published in the September/October 2020 issue - Malaysian defence acquisition, not rapid at the best of times, has been hit hard by frequent changes...
Dassault Rafale -- Dassault Aviation

Indonesia closes in on possible Rafale acquisition

Indonesia is “very well advanced” in its effort to secure a deal for 36 Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft, French Defence Minister Florence Parly...
Joko-Widodo

The Politics of Defence

Will the controversial new Defence Minister use his position to continue armed forces modernisation or further his own political ambitions? The surprising appointment of Prabowo...
F-16-Indonesia

Indonesia’s upgraded F-16 takes flight

The first Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) F-16A/B combat aircraft to undergo the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) enhanced mid-life upgrade (eMLU) programme has made...
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Sub Hunters are in demand

The rise in the number of submarines being operated in Indo-Pacific waters has naturally led to a corresponding need for platforms, particularly maritime multi-mission...

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